Road closures announced ahead of Preston’s Brief Encounter festival

Posted on - 22nd September, 2017 - 1:45pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, City Centre, Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Preston News, Roads, Transport, What's On in Preston
The landscape giant is one of those to feature in the procession
The landscape giant is one of those to feature in the procession

Preston is preparing for a torchlight procession to return to the city centre.


Brief Encounter festival, in the interim between the biennial Lancashire Encounter festival, is seeing a giant walk the streets along with other creatures and dancers all lit up.

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Preston City Council is closing a number of roads thoughout the event.

The parade sees the following roads closed from 8pm to 9pm on Saturday (23 September):

Winckley Square North – From Winckley Street to Winckley Square East
Winckley Square East – Its full length
Winckley Square South – From Winckley Square East to Camden Place
Cross Street – From Winckley Square East to Avenham Road
Cannon Street – Its full length
Fishergate – From Cannon Street to Church Street
Church Street – From Fishergate to Birley Street
Cheapside – Its full length
Market Street – Its full length
Earl Street – Its full length
Birley Street – Its full length


Diversion is in place via Church Street, Grimshaw Street, Queen Street, Avenham Lane, Ribblesdale Place and Chapel Street

And also Church Street, Ring Way, North Road, Tithebarn Street and Old Vicarage

Roads are being closed from late afternoon for the procession
Roads are being closed for the procession

A performance is taking place outside the Town Hall on the Saturday evening, with projections onto the side of the building and choirs singing in the street.

Read more: Why Preston city centre has become completely gridlocked

This means Lancaster Road is closed from the junction with Lord Street to the junction with Crooked Lane from 8pm to 10.15pm.

A diversion is via Tithebarn Street, Old Vicarage and Lancaster Road.

Throughout Saturday then Harris Street is being shut to help prepare for events on the Flag Market.

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